No jail time for sisters who aided their mother in theft from Idaho housing coalition
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Two sisters who admitted their role in a scheme to steal more than a half a million dollars from the North Idaho Housing coalition were sentenced Tuesday to probation instead of jail time.
A federal judge sentenced Jessica Barnes and Amber Hosking to three years probation and 100 hours of community service. They were also ordered to pay back the money they’re accused of stealing.
Their mother, Lori Isenberg, worked for the housing coalition and pleaded guilty to stealing from the agency for several years. Her daughters were accused of helping by setting up fake businesses and overbilling work to the coalition.
Lori Isenberg entered into a plea agreement with the government and will formally enter her plea to the crime Tuesday afternoon. Her sentencing will be scheduled for a later date; she’s agreed to pay back the more than $579,000 she’s accused of stealing.
Barnes has already paid back the $15,500; Hosking was ordered to pay back the $16,500 she’s accused of stealing as part of her restitution.
Lori Isenberg is still under a cloud of suspicion surrounding the mysterious death of her husband. Around the time she was accused of theft, Lori’s husband died in Lake Coeur D’Alene. Lori said he fell from the boat, but an autopsy revealed there was no water in his lungs and a lethal dose of benadryl in his blood. No one has been charged in connection with his death.
The housing coalition asked for jail time for Hosking and Barnes, but the judge said because they had no criminal history and seemed genuinely remorseful of the crime, he sentenced them to probation instead.
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